The Green Bay Packers sit without any affirmation that star quarterback Aaron Rodgers will return before the 2021 season. Rodgers hasn’t buckled toward caving in on his stance but instead stood firm. However, one of his longtime teammates is maintaining hope the star quarterback plays another down for the Packers.
Aaron Rodgers remains on shaky ground with the Packers
Since the Packers fell short in the NFC championship game for the second straight year, Rodgers remains away from the team.
The 37-year-old privately aired his frustrations to the organization while desiring a change of scenery. He hasn’t backed down from his firm stance in the last few months despite the 2021 season drawing closer.
A recent report further fueled the strong sentiment as Rodgers declined a two-year extension to remain in Green Bay. With all the outside noise still floating around, one of his longtime teammates is maintaining unwavering optimism.
Aaron Rodgers’ teammate is planting the seed to recruit him back to the Packers
The lingering uncertainty around Rodgers’ future with the Packers continues to fuel doubt concerning his return before the 2021 season.
However, it hasn’t stopped his teammates from personally interacting with him away from the field. During a recent interview on Wilde & Tausch, longtime Packers kicker Mason Crosby revealed that he always ends his exchanges with the star quarterback in the same manner.
“Every time I talk to him, text him, whatever, I always leave it with See ya in July,” Crosby said during an interview with Wilde & Tausch. “As long as he doesn’t say, ‘No I’m not coming.’ It’s hopeful that he’ll be there.”
Crosby has spent his first 14 years with the Packers playing alongside Rodgers, which the two have developed a strong bond that far extends off the field. The fact that the three-time league MVP hasn’t told his teammate that he isn’t coming back provides some essence of hope.
Beyond that, it’s quite clear that the Packers players want Rodgers back leading the charge. It may be as little as voicing that they want to see him on the practice field, but those instances drive home the point of how valued he remains with his teammates.
The 2021 season is quickly approaching
With the 2021 season quickly approaching, the Packers are moving closer to a significant decision concerning Rodgers‘ availability.
The star quarterback hasn’t hinted on whether he will be back later this month to prepare for the preseason and the regular season. Instead, it’s left Green Bay in a tough spot of operating without the future Hall of Famer.
The silver lining with the situation is that second-year quarterback Jordan Love continues to benefit from the increased time on the practice field. Love maintains reps with the first team while garnering greater comfort running the offense.
The 22-year-old has voiced much confidence that he will be ready to start Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints if the Packers call his number.
“A hundred percent,” Love said when asked if he is prepared to be the Week 1 starter via ESPN‘s Rob Demovsky. “Obviously, this is a time where I’m getting a lot of extremely valuable reps that I might not have been getting in a normal circumstance. So I’m just going to take it day by day. But yeah, that’s what I’m here for. I was drafted here to play quarterback, so I’ll definitely be ready Week 1.”
The Packers are growing increasingly comfortable with Love leading the charge. However, the organization is holding onto strong hope the star quarterback will return.
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